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[[caption-width-right:300:Clockwise: [[{{Dojikko}} Sanae]], [[{{Bifauxnen}} Kaoru]], [[{{Tsundere}} Sernia]], [[TheHero Akiharu]], and [[BitchInSheepsClothing Tomomi]].]]

Akiharu Hino has been living with his uncle since he lost his parents, but when he notices his uncle is after his parents' money, he decides to attend Hakureiryou High, a school training the young ladies of tomorrow. They've recently added a new section for butlers and maids. It's this section that Akiharu will be joining. On his first day, he runs into onto Sernia Flameheart, a drill-haired girl who lives up to her name and his childhood friend/tormentor Tomomi, whose mother has since remarried. Throw in a clumsy maid and a crossdressing butler, and the stage is set.

Based on a series of light novels, the show aired in the winter of 2010, and there's also a manga adaptation.
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!Tropes in ''Ladies versus Butlers!'' include:

* TheAbridgedSeries: Right [[https://www.youtube.com/user/ytVSabridger/videos here]]
* AccidentalMarriage: After yet another accidental pervert moment with Ayse Khadim, Akiharu finds that he has to consummate a marriage he doesn't want. There ''is'' a loophole, but Tomomi and Hedyeh deliberately hold it back, albeit for different reasons.
** Tomomi's reason is obviously [[spoiler:to see Akiharu suffer for her own fun.]]
** Hedyeh's reason is [[spoiler:she knows that Ayse really does love Akiharu.]]
* AccidentalPervert: There's a ThanksForTheMammary in the very first scene. There's more from there.
** At ''least'' one every episode basically.
** Let's start this series off with a campus-wide spree of accidental serial molestation, so viewers ''know'' that it's the name of the game.
* ActionGirl: Hedyeh.
* {{Ahoge}}: Principal Kaede.
* AnimeChineseGirl: Suiran Fou, though it only comes up a few times.
** It's pretty heavily exaggerated in the manga, however, wherein Fou's first appearance involves a Chinese dress and {{Odango Hair}}. [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/redei_x_bato/v01/c002/9.html See for yourself]].
* AnimeHair: Flameheart, with those [[http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/270/170524-hair7_super.jpg gigantic spindly things]] that cause Akiharu to refer to her as "Drill" sometimes.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Towards the end of Episode 12, Akiharu gets this. From Tomomi ''and'' Sernia. On both sides of his face. '''Simultaneously'''. [[WhatAnIdiot Nice going, Akiharu]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Flameheart.
* BeautyMark: Mimina has a heart-shaped one above her tailbone.[[note]]Actually, this is what's called a "Mongolian spot", a mark common in Asia that often appears directly above the buttocks and almost always disappears by the time a kid turns six. Thus, this acts as additional evidence of Mimina's immaturity.[[/note]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Tomomi and Sernia, respectively, to Akiharu's Archie. There's an interesting variation on this in the fact that Tomomi is a BitchInSheepsClothing.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Kaoru Daichi, Akiharu's roommate.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Tomomi, who, while showing herself to be the most upstanding girl in school, loves to make Akiharu's life a living hell and has no problem making trouble for Selnia, either.
* BishieSparkle: Toichiro has this. Spraying from his crotch.
* BlushSticker: It's important to note that all the girls have these. [[spoiler:Including Daichi]].
* TheBully: Tomomi was this for Akiharu when they were children. Now that they're grown up, she doesn't torment him... as obviously.
* ButtMonkey:
** Shingo, the taller of the Two Guys, always finds himself in the center of misfortune. Some of which were meant for Akiharu. Of course, he's usually asking for it.
** Akiharu; the principal uses his life vicariously as some kind of H-Game, is often the subject of increasingly fantastic rumors, and is more or less SOL regarding his Love Triangle.
* BuxomIsBetter: Episode 5 implies that Tomomi is jealous of Sernia's much curvier body and larger breasts.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Akiharu, who can get drunk just off of a single liquor-spiked chocolate. This causes him to become... daring.
* ChessMaster: Tomomi just needs to say a few easily-misinterpreted words and you're going to be doing her bidding whether you know it or not. See MagnificentBastard on the YMMV page.
* ChickMagnet: Akiharu, who is in a LoveTriangle with Sernia and Tomomi, but is also desired by Ayse [[spoiler:and Daichi and Mimina]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A good portion of the cast, though the one that comes to mind the most is Saori.
* ColorFailure: Happens to Sernia in episode 3, when she finds out that Akiharu already got a card, and again when she humiliates herself in Episode 8 due to not realizing Akiharu was not there to serve but to ''ob''serve.
* CovertPervert: Sernia's mind always jumps to the worst conclusions. This is ''helpful'' in one case, where she knows exactly where couples are likely to be having sex in the school. This became more understandable when you see how not-so-covert her father and maids are.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Sanae Shikikigami. She is very inept at the tasks typically required of a maid and usually ends up making a mess of things.
* CrazyPrepared: As a butler or maid you must be prepared to serve your future masters in various ways from waiting on them hand and foot, help save them from drowning, to help save them from drowning while fighting off enemy guerillas....
** Justified in that one of those becomes [[ChekhovsSkill useful in a later episode.]]
* CuteLittleFang: Pina.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Hedyeh, with Ayse being a white-haired girl. Both of them are from an unspecified Middle Eastern country.
* DatePeepers: Sernia (and by extension, the Shikikagami sisters, Pina, and Mimina) for episode nine.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Very loudly and publicly declared by Shingo in the middle of the classroom after looking at a photo spread by the main girls.
* {{Delinquents}}: Akiharu averts this despite his scar, face, and hair helping him look the part, but ''try telling that to the girls.''
* DidntSeeThatComing: For all her ChessMaster-caliber intuition and planning skills, Tomomi apparently never seriously considered the possibility that [[spoiler: Akiharu and Sernia might grow to like each other. Also, she apparently never realized that Aki once [[PuppyLove had a crush on her]] until the guy said it himself]].
* {{Dojikko}}: Sanae.
* DoesNotLikeMen: A good chunk of the girls at the school do not like Akiharu due to his appearence.
** Well, that and the epic string of AccidentalPervert moments he had when he first arrived.
*** Actually, most girls fainted at first sight of him well before thinking of him as a pervert.
*** If you think about it, the school ''was'' an all-girl's academy prior to the start of the series. ''Then'' they added on the Servant-Ed Program for Maids and Butlers as well as allowing the enrollment of male Upper-Ed students. I'm sure [[SchoolGirlLesbians some of the girls]] long for the good old days...
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Episode 4 has Akiharu tied up and whimpering "stop" while a girl who already knows he doesn't want to marry her undresses him. All played for laughs of course.
* {{Ecchi}}
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: The school used to be an all-girls institution, but has recently started accepting men. Things are still kind of awkward, since the girls have been having lewd photos of themselves appear on the market and Tomomi mentions they've also been losing [[PantyThief certain items]].
* EroticEating: The suggestive event at the sports festival with the hot dogs. With ''Mimina''.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* ExpressiveHair: When Sernia is annoyed, her [[RegalRinglets drill-curls]] will sometimes flap around in tandem with her speech. When she's REALLY steamed, they'll start ''[[ThisIsADrill spinning]]'' (with appropriate sound effects). The ribbons in Osawa's hair also have a habit of going dead straight from the side of her head when she's upset in some way.
* {{Expy}}: The principal has long blue IdiotHair, CatSmile and [[{{Otaku}} a love for]] [[GenreSavvy dating sim tropes]]? [[Manga/LuckyStar Why does this sound so familiar?]]
* '''{{Fanservice}}''': Take a shot everytime you see it. Your liver'll be shot within five minutes.
** For example, ''Sanae's bare arse in the page pic''.
** The anime specials [[{{UpToEleven}}manages to one up itself]] in a series already heavy with fanservice and panty shots
* FaceOfAThug: Downplayed. Akiharu's face suggests a delinquent, though it's more noticeable in the manga (where Tomomi's surprised he used to be the same kid that she knew). Either way, the scar on his face has tendency to immediately lead others to mistrust him.
* FormFittingWardrobe: SO form-fitting that even the nipples and areolae are perfectly defined through shirt and bra.
* GagBoobs: In episode 5, when Sanae trips once again falling onto Akiharu, dessert from his tray lands on Sernia's chest. And it was ''standing''. Even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by both Tomomi and Akiharu.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Even the modestly-endowed Tomomi bounces every now and then.
* GirlishPigtails: Pina. Also Sernia (of the drill-variety) and Sanae (of the braid variety).
* GoldenSnitch: During the sports festival, there are four tasks the teams have to fulfill. Turns out the last task is worth 1000 points, which is more than double the other three's worth combined.... The principal has quite a demented expression on her face when the others learn about it.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Done a few times. One of the more memorable ones comes from the UsefulNotes/BluRay special #3.
* HiddenDepths: Akiharu beats Sernia five times in a row at chess, meaning he's either rather good or that Sernia is really, really bad.
* HotSpringsEpisode
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Mikan to Kaede.
* HypocriticalHumour / {{Irony}}: In episode 7 Sernia gets upset when she sees how women are portrayed in doujinshi.
* IdiotCrows: Akiharu gets that threatment after foolishly trying to appease Selnia and Tomomi in the ending. Though the crows are not seen, merely heard.
* IllGirl: Mimina was one of these; her illness stunted her growth.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Mikan is downright deadly with her pens.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Saori Shikikagami, Sanae's sister, sees no problem with taking her clothes off anytime, anywhere. Even in the middle of a crowded room
** ''Both'' Shikikagami sisters are {{Innocent Fanservice Girl}}s.
** ShamelessFanserviceGirl might be the more accurate title for Saori, depending on how you interpret her. Consider this line that Sanae gives us from episode 2/manga chapter 4:
-->'''Sanae'''(After falling on top of Akiharu while trying to wash his back and being told to get off)''':''' "But my sister told me that once a girl takes the mount position, she can't get off until she's finished with what she needs to do!"
* JamesBondage: Akiharu is kidnapped by Hedyeh and tied up for sexy reasons.
* LovableSexManiac: Shingo. Akiharu casually describes him as a "Super Pervert".
* LoveLetterLunacy: Kaoru in episode ten.
** And saying the right thing at the right time to Sernia just to watch her twitch doesn't count?
*** Of course it does.
* LoveTriangle: Episodes 8 through 12 feature one between Sernia and Tomomi over Akiharu.
* MeaningfulName: You might think Sernia merely has a kickass name at first until you remember she's the {{Tsundere}} so her name fits her ''very'' well. Saikyo also means "the strongest," in Japanese, so it's fitting that it's Saikyo's style to always win.
* MeasuringDay: Episode 5.
* MegaTwintails: Sernia
* {{Meido}}: In the whole servant-ed, there are only four boys. The rest are girls, who are all this. Sanae is one most focused on.
* {{Meganekko}}: Suiran and Mikan.
* NationalStereotypes: The show briefly ricochets off of foreign culture with the Flameheart family, which is English. During a brief introduction to Selnia's father, Akiharu is mildly put off by the excessive cheek-kissing between him and Selnia. This is not an English thing. ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheek_kissing#Western_Europe This is a French thing]]''. And the English would ''hate'' you for attributing French behaviors to them.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse. In the very first episode, Tomomi lets everyone know how Akiharu wanted to be a ''bride'' when they were children. [[spoiler: She neglects to mention that this happened because she went out of her way to convince him that "bride" was a sexless term]].
* {{Ninja}}: Although not stated outright Mikan-sensei fills this trope pretty well checklist: throwning pens like shurikens? check, appearing at anygiven moment without notice? check, scares the crap outta everyone? check.
* NinjaMaid: Hedyeh, who wields a scimitar with great precision, including giving Akiharu a CloseCallHaircut.
* NoEnding: The status quo of the cast at the end more or less identical to the way it was before Episode 8, though Selnia and Tomomi are cagier around Akiharu.
* NotADate: Akiharu and [[spoiler:Tomomi]] had one. The reason? She wanted to know whether she really had feeling for him or not. In the end, she concluded that she doesn't, [[spoiler:until he confessed that he liked her when they were little, at which her face turned very red. Luckily for her, Aki didn't notice]].
* NotSoDifferent: Episode 5 is all about how Sernia and Tomomi are both high-achievers who have ended up in a rivalry with one another. Sernia's jealous about Tomomi's edge in academics (she's been under pressure to exceed her entire life) and Tomomi's jealous about how Sernia's [[GenericCuteness prettier]] and gets along with everyone better than she does.
* ObliviousToLove: Dammit Aki, notice it already!!!
** Recent events suggests that he's probably still traumatized from the past experiences [[spoiler:with Tomomi when they were kids. Just look at his words when the guys tried to help Daichi about romance.]]
** Went UpToEleven in the ending where [[spoiler: Akiharu gave Sernia the ticket since she won. He ''then gave the other ticket to Tomomi''. Cue ArmorPiercingSlap FROM THE BOTH OF THEM.]] And you thought [[LightNovel/{{Kampfer}} Natsuru]] was bad...
** The guy didn't even ''consider'' using the waterpark ticket to ask a girl out on a date, let alone Sernia or Tomomi. In order, the people he ponders inviting are: one of the guys, Mimina, and the Shikikagami sisters.
* OccidentalOtaku: Pina Sformklan Estor, princess of a small island nation, is a fan of all things anime. Apparently, so is the majority of her countrymen. She's also a CosplayOtakuGirl.
* {{Ojou}}: Half the school, and the two leading ladies.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Mimina is ''19''. [[TokenMiniMoe Not that you'd ever be able to tell]].
* OnlySaneMan: Akiharu. Doesn't save him from having IdiotBall moments though.
* OnTheNext: The preview is delivered by any two characters ''at the same time''.
* PantyShot: Plenty from various sources:
** [[MsFanservice Sanae]] contributes a very large percentage.
** Selnia gives one literally 10 seconds into the first episode. This must be a record.
* PaperThinDisguise: Kaoru.
* PeekABangs: Hedyeh.
* PetitePride: Pina tries to 'console' Mimina using such arguments.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Sernia, the blue-eyed blonde-haired type, is from England.
* PsychoticSmirk: Tomomi loves to make everyone suffer.
* RapunzelHair: Sernia, after she lets them loose she looks kind of....[[LettingHerHairDown cute even.]]
* RegalRinglets: Sernia has one of the most exaggerated cases. They even come with drill sound effects! [[BerserkButton But don't call it a drill]].
* RightBehindMe: If Mikan-sensei is behind you, you are pretty much screwed.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Mikan-Sensei. Sweet merciful ''Christ''.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Being background characters, they had no names, but something was going on in the equipment storage room.
* ShowerScene: One per episode except episode 7 (though Sernia still manages to provide much {{Fanservice}}).
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Magical Diva'', a MagicalGirl who solves problems with violence and her trusty hammer.
* ShrinkingViolet: Ayse
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [S/C]e[l/r]nia F[l/r]ameh(e)art. "Sernia Flameheart" is the official spelling. Also Ayse/Aisyah.
* SternTeacher: Mikan-sensei is this to her students. And to the principal as well.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: Averted in the anime, but in the manga, Akiharu has one of these moments towards Kaoru:
--> '''Akiharu:''' He's unexpectedly handsome... he seems almost timid. Maybe if he was wearing some female clothing- WHAT AM I THINKING?!
* TakeThat: Around the time the disc releases were being prepped there was a MoralGuardian wannabe railing against fanservicey TV shows; one of the on-disc extras, which are all fanservice just short of porn, ended with text specifically calling that person out, lawyer-friendly censor blips aside.
* ThanksForTheMammary: The first scene kicks things off with this. Several more follow it.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Tomomi in the KaraokeBox in episode nine. What's weird is not so much that the karaoke parlor has the opening music, but that it also has the opening ''video''. Who's spying on Akiharu?
** More than that, why don't Akiharu and Tomomi notice this?
* ThoseTwoGuys: Shingo and Mitsuru, Akiharu's friends in the servant class.
* TokenMiniMoe: Mimina and Pina. In the manga, Mimina is also a ThirdPersonPerson.
* TrainingFromHell: The butler/maid training courses are pretty intense. One lesson involves swimming in the water in full suit. That's ''before'' the waves start rolling in.
* {{Tsundere}}: Sernia is definitely one.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Mikan and Principal Kaede are the only faculty members that are ever seen, and the former is the only we've seen teaching.
* UnknownRival: Sernia and Tomomi to each other. To clarify, Sernia hates Tomomi because she gets better grades than Sernia and mocks her about it, while Tomomi hates Sernia because of her ''massive'' Gainaxing (seriously, take a look at how friggin huge they are). And now they're [[spoiler: [[LoveTriangle both hoping to win Akiharu's affections]].]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: It's not conclusive yet, but the relationship between Tomomi and Akiharu is currently less than romantic...
* UnwantedHarem: Definitely the case.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: When Akiharu asks Heydeh where she pulled out a giant scimitar, and Heydeh bashfully responds by saying "please don't ask me that kind of question".
* YaoiFangirl: Kaede Tenjouji, the chairman, spends most of her time playing boys' love games instead of getting work done.
** Episode four shows that Kaede isn't averse to [[YuriFan yuri]] either.
** Another thing is that she seems to like anything involving Akiharu and a girl, especially if it appears scandalous. It seems that, to her, dealing with him is like playing an HGame.
** As of episode 7, all bets are off. She's a full-blown {{Otaku}}.
** Then there is the Sports festival. That principal is ''insane''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Props to Kaoru, Principal Kaede, and Suiran for their hair actually being blue.
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